“You’re off to great places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting! So… get on your way!”

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 2!  I hope your child is excited about everything that this year has to offer. I am thrilled to have your child in my class, and I believe that by working together we will make this a very happy, productive and successful school year.  This is an important year in your child’s school career, as we will be reviewing a lot, learning even more, and of course having lots of fun along the way!   

It is very important that you play an active role in your child’s education. I invite you speak to me any time that you have a question regarding your child’s progress in school. I will keep you informed by sending home class letters and homework regularly.  The school blog will be updated every week, and this is a great way for you to see some of the exciting things that happen in class.  Spare copies of homework activities and letters will be posted on the noticeboard found outside my classroom.  Also, I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed any time your child has a concern/ difficulty whether it be it academic, social, or emotional.

Please find below some useful information that you will need: 

 

Class Staff

Class Teacher: Mrs. Kirsty Cusack
TAs:  Miss C. Rasbridge, Miss L. Davies,&  Mrs. R. Rees 

PPA Cover: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

SLT Time Teacher: Mrs. R.Stonham/ Miss L. Williams 

Outdoor Learning

The children will be working outdoors regularly, whatever the weather!  Therefore please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather e.g. coat, sun hat etc. 

P.E.

This year our P.E. days are every Friday.  N.B.  Pupils will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kits.  Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and trainers.  All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied back for P.E.   

 

P.P.A. (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)/ SLT (Senior Leadership) Time

My P.P.A. session is on a Friday morning and Mrs. Stonham/ Miss Williams will be teaching the class.  They will  also teach the class every Friday afternoon when I take my Senior Leadership Time. 

 

Class Topics

The topics for this year are as follows: 

Autumn Term:Glitter and Glow
Spring Term:Take a Trip in a Time Machine
Summer term:Journey with Us over Land, Sea, Air & Space 

 I’m sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the practical experiences and focus activities offered to them in an environment which supports a range of learning styles.  If your child has any books, artefacts, DVDs etc linked to the current learning theme, they are more than welcome to bring them in to school.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

    

Reading Books

Please ensure that your child brings his/ her reading book to school every day.  Your support with your child’s reading development is crucial and I greatly appreciate your comments in his/ her reading diary.  Regular reading at home will greatly support the work that we do in school.   

 

Homework

Homework will be distributed as follows:
Spelling Words:Sent home every Tuesday  and can be returned at any time during the week.   

Maths:Allocated online every Friday.  Activities will review key concepts covered in school throughout the week. 

 

Once again, please feel free to pop in to see me with any questions/ concerns that you may have.  May I take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation for your support throughout the coming year.  Let’s work together to make this year a success and a happy, memorable time in your child’s school career! 

 

Regards,
Mrs. Cusack 

What's been happening in Year 2?
  • Year 2 A Bucket of Kindness

    In Year 2 today we having been talking about showing kindness to others and ourselves. During our Circle time session, the children each had a slip of paper with a child’s name on. They then had to write about a time when they had seen that person displaying kindness. They were then put into our […]

  • Symmetrical Snowflakes

    The Year 2s decided that, as part of their topic this term, they wanted to learn about the changes in the seasons, especially Winter. They made super snowflakes, and were able to show where the lines of symmetry were. The boys and girls enjoyed comparing their designs, and were able to discuss similarities and differences.

  • Kerbcraft Session 1

    On Monday, Charlie came in for our first Kerbcraft session. The Year 2s discussed the Kerbcraft rules and what they will be doing in the sessions each week. The boys and girls are very excited and are looking forward to learning important road safety skills this term. They cannot wait for our first outdoor Kerbcraft […]

  • Sorting Materials

    This week the Year 2s discussed the different materials that objects are made from. We talked about the importance of recycling and watched a really interesting video showing us what happens to the waste that we send for recycling after it leaves our houses. The children were fascinated. We then looked at some household waste […]

  • Super Spellers!

    The Year 2s love learning their spelling words using multi-sensory approaches. The children understand how to use the ‘Look, Say Cover, Write, Check’ method, and some of the children enjoyed using this strategy whilst chalking their words outside this week. This also developed their gross and fine motor skills. Super spelling, Year 2!

  • Dyma Sioni Rhew!

    The Year 2 children decided that they wanted to learn about the changes in Winter, so this week we listened to the Welsh story ‘Sioni Rhew’, which tells us all about the things that Jack Frost does in the Winter. The children then used their writing and ICT skills effectively to create text and pictures […]

  • Goals and Resolutions

    The Year 2s enjoyed using their reading skills to find out about New Year traditions from around the UK. The children then wrote about their own goals for 2020.

  • Discussing the New Year

    The Year 2s enjoyed discussing New Year’s eve and resolutions, as part of our topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. We discussed various New Year’s Eve traditions and celebrations from around the UK and the rest of the world. We also sand Auld Lang Syne, and then talked about the changes we would […]

  • EPIC Planning!

    The Year 2s have enjoyed discussing what they would like to learn about during this term’s topic, ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. We will be learning a lot about changes over time, and the children came up with lots of great ideas during the Everybody Planning In Class session!

  • Christmas Around the World

    As part of their EPIC planning for our ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic, the Year 2s said that they wanted to find out about how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. Mr. Stonham and the Year 5s helped us to create Flipgrid videos in which we asked questions about Christmas, and we had replies from schools […]

  • Year 2 Christmas Party

    After a fun-filled morning in the cinema, the Year 2s had a lovely time in their class Christmas party on Wednesday. We played pass the parcel, enjoyed delicious party food and had a good dance!

  • Creative Christmas Cards

    This term, the Year 2s have been working hard to be more independent, to further develop their creative skills and to apply their numeracy skills across the curriculum. When making theit Christmas cards this year, they were set a challenge to follow a success criteria to create a unique Christmas tree card. The success criteria […]

  • Year 2 Festive Craft

    The children have enjoyed choosing a variety of materials to create these beautiful tree decorations this week. You’ll be lucky enough to have their lovely creations when they bring them home next week!

  • Christmas Candle Jars

    Following on from their Santa candle investigation last week, the Year 2s received a letter from Mrs. Claus. She asked us to design Christmassy candle jars so that Santa can burn our candle safely. The children came up with some fantastic designs and followed the success criteria well. They enjoyed experimenting with various materials and […]

  • Reindeer Campaign Posters

    Following on from their work discussing the short film ‘Reindeer Ready’, the boys and girls felt very sorry for the poor reindeer as they don’t get as many treats as Santa on Christmas Eve. They made some super campaign posters on J2E5 to persuade people to leave carrots for the reindeer.

  • Marshmallow Maths!

    The Year 2s enjoyed investigating division this week using marshmallows. We learned that it is important to share equally and looked at the concept of remainders as items being ‘left over’. Super sharing, Year 2!

  • Reindeer Ready!

    The Year 2 children haven enjoyed watching and discussing the short film ‘Reindeer Ready’. The children worked on using their prediction and inference skills, before moving on to discussing the 3Cs and 3Ss of film: colour, character, camera, story, setting and sound. The children loved the film and showed excellent understanding during the group discussions.

  • Jellybean Maths!

    This week the Year 2 children were set a problem: Find out how many jellybeans were of each colour and how many there were in total. The children used their counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve the problem and were able to show their workings clearly.

  • Santa Emails

    Following their Santa candle investigation last week, the Year 2s were very excited to receive a letter from Mrs. Claus. She told us about another problem they have in the workshop. The Year 2s were very excited when they learned how to send and receive emails on Hwb. All the children showed super skills, and […]

  • Christmas Traditions Trip

    The Year 2 children had a fantastic day learning about Christmas traditions in Wales. We started the day by visiting Swansea museum, where we listened to lots of stories about various Christmas traditions. The boys and girls enjoyed joining in with acting out the stories. We then had a look around the museum, before moving […]

  • Llythyrau i Sion Corn

    The Year 2s have enjoyed writing letters in Welsh to Santa Claus. They worked well using an online dictionary to search for new words to help them write their letters.

  • Super Measuring Skills

    The Year 2s have been busy learning how to measure accurately using cm rulers. They enjoyed measuring various strips of Christmas wrapping paper, and tried hard to work systematically.

  • Year 2 Feelings

    Over the last few weeks, Year 2 have been learning about different feelings. Today we listened to a lovely story about a little girl who was feeling a little angry. She described it as a balloon being blown up! We discussed strategies the children could use if they ever felt like that and they came […]

  • Persuasive Toy Adverts

    Following on from their work discussing persuasive features in adverts, the Year 2s enjoyed uisng J2E5 on Hwb to create their own persuasive posters advertising a toy from their Christmas lists to Santa. The children showed super skills, and were able to search, add and resize images, add and edit text, and use shapes effectively. […]

  • Super Superlatives Sorting!

    The Year 2s have been learning about persuasive features of texts. This week we read the story Pig, Pigger and Piggest by Rick Walton. The story contains lots of superlatives, and the children could see how superlatives are used for comparison. We discussed the use of superlatives in adverts and the children thoroughly enjoyed spotting […]

 

 

Useful Websites:

http://www.ictgames.com   Literacy and Numeracy Games

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8  Interactive Literacy, Maths and subject-related Games and Activities

http://www.galacticphonics.com/ – Phonics, spelling  and other literacy worksheets and resources for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

https://www.spellingcity.com/ – Spelling activities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/   Educational games across all subjects and topics

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm – Fun educational games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/  Free online educational resources and games

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=&agegroup=0&book=1&booktype=all&series=all#    Oxford Reading Tree free online books

www.jollylearning.co.uk – the official Jolly Phonics website. Includes videos showing the teaching of Jolly Phonics and information related to Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar.

http://roythezebra.com/reading-games-word-level.html – enjoy some games that Roy the Zebra provides to enhance your reading skills

http://www.ictgames.co.uk/literacy – a site offering a number of quality literacy games, including games to enhance reading

http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html – Dinosaur Words – choose the correct tricky word to match what the dinosaur reads to you!

http://www.ictgames.com/wordreader.html – Word Reader – another nice game to help you recognise and read tricky words

http://www.ictgames.com/machine.html – CVC Machine – read the cvc word and match with the picture shown

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ – read a book from Sebastian the Swan’s bookshelf

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/interactive_big_books – enjoy interactive big books on the NGFL Cymru site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ – A popular site already, but did you know that CBeebies also has stories you can listen to?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/storyplant.shtml – use the story plant to make your own story and watch it grow!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html – use the speech bubbles to make your own version of a traditional story

http://www.schooljotter.com/showpage.php?id=55482 – take a look at some links to some excellent literacy activities

http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/fiction/my_monster/index.htm – create your own  scary monster poem!